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St Mary, Kettlewell, Yorkshire, West Riding

(54°8′44″N, 2°2′39″W)
SD 972 722
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now Bradford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Rita Wood
17 July 1995; 04 Aug 2013

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Kettlewell is a village in Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire. The original church was entirely rebuilt in the early 19th century: faculty papers in the Borthwick Institute, dated June 1819, state that the church is 'now rebuilding entirely new'. The W tower of c. 1820 survives from this building, the rest of which was again rebuilt between 1882-5. This was done by T H and F Healey, in a late Gothic style (see bibliography for details). Romanesque sculpture survives on the only original interior feature, the font.


Late in the twelfth century, a donation of land in Kettlewell was made to Swainby (later Coverham) Abbey, and early in the thirteenth century, a moiety of the church belonged to Coverham (VCH III, 243).





Pevsner 1967, 283, and Leach and Pevsner 2009, 364, give the font a 13th-century date, on the basis of the leaf ornaments being classed as 'stiff leaf'. The form of the font and the other ornaments, though, are a century older, and the muzzled beast is comparable to one on a tomb-cover of pre-Conquest date at Burnsall. The font is likely to be early twelfth-century in date.


Borthwick Institute Faculty papers Fac. 1819/2

Borthwick Institute Faculty papers Fac. 1882/5

P. Leach and N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North (Yale, 2009).

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire, West Riding (Harmondsworth, 1959), 2nd. edn., revised E. Radcliffe (1967).

The Victoria County History of Yorkshire, III (London, 1913, reprinted 1974).